My Most Prized Possession

There are things and then there are THINGS. This is definitely a THING. This object has functioned for me without any trouble since the day it arrived at my home and came out of the box. I learned it without any hair-pulling or cussing, things I do a lot. I’m a quick learner, but when…

The Meaning of Life

I spend a lot of time doing what my Dad would call “gazing at my navel.” Don’t take this literally for I seldom meditate in the nude. I do contemplate, almost all of the time. When participating in whatever social events the nursing home is having for my husband and his fellow patients, I try…

Poor Mrs. Pauley

  The neighbourhood has seen better days, but Mrs. Pauley has lived there since before anyone can remember. She raised a family of six boys, who’ve all grown up and moved away. Since Mr. Pauley died three months ago, she’d had no income. She’s fallen behind in the rent. The landlord, accompanied by the police,…

No Fear

  It has been forever since I was fearful. At least six months, when I sat in the doldrums of winter, pining away for that which I didn’t have. Fear has been killed off by meditation, by being in the here and now, by living from the center of my soul. I need not fear…

Been Gone A While

In 1984, because of a job loss, we moved to Detroit. Actually we ended up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. We moved in around the first of August, after many months of trying to find a home. Our son was staying with his grandparents and my husband took off to pick him up and go…

Nevermore

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that…

Karma

Dear Sweet Unrelenting Karma: I have, over many many years suffered the consequences of my actions, thanks to you. I now know that every thought I maintain, every action I take, every judgmental thought I have, will land me in your grasp. There are those who have been in my life, or who are there…

How I Found Happiness

After the need to acquire everything under the sun died in me, thank God, I had some spare time. You know, not spending hours shopping or working so I could go shopping. I found some space in my home too, not taken up with clothes I don’t wear or things I don’t use. I found…

Dark Clouds on the Horizon

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” ― Winston Churchill We see the truth now. The truth that we left a country to its own devices, although it had no devices, no institutions, no government. We see it had only hate between tribes, terror waiting. Some say we should…

Where I Started

We moved to Champaign, Illinois when I was 3. Dad had been working at the University of Illinois for 8 years and traveling back and forth 47 miles each way. This was okay in the summer, but treacherous in the winter. At first, my parents rented a home. It was awful. We had snakes everywhere…

Happy Thanksgiving!

No question, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. You can eat all you want, I just like cooking it. We’re a small family with no extended family I’d sit down to eat with, so we take it small nowadays. But I’ve made ginormous Thanksgiving Dinners and my favorite was for my first Thanksgiving in Canada. I…

Heritage

The day was made for a walk in the park. Uri was glad to be in the park with Mara. Until he saw the old lady on the bench. He could feel himself losing control. “Oh no,” gasped Uri and immediately began to cry. “I did not ever think I would see this again.” Uri…